City of the future: 50 of Waterford’s top movers and shakers come together to outline 20-year strategy
Waterford’s industrial and commercial, government, educational and economic development agencies have come together to devise a joined-up strategy to promote Waterford to a global audience.
Almost 50 stakeholders came together for a breakfast briefing last Wednesday with the intention of creating a marketing and promotional campaign for Waterford.
The campaign will drive the importance of Waterford as a growing population centre and economic driver for the South East region as part of the national framework ‘Project Ireland 2040’ and the National Development Plan 2018-2022.
Over the past six months, members of Waterford Chamber, Waterford Institute of Technology and Waterford City and County Council have been collaborating and have developed an economic and opportunity analysis for the city and region spanning the next 20 years, up to 2040.
Waterford Chamber CEO, Gerald Hurley said “For me today is about getting the message right and having an ambitious outlook for our city.
“Up until now, there has been conflicting economic baseline data for Waterford. This is the first time we have come together at a local level to obtain detailed and credible research and data that everyone can use to showcase Waterford as a ‘City of Opportunity.’
“The results of that research, combined with months of data gathering by RIKON and the information we collate here today, will give us an economic baseline for the city and present the ambitious growth opportunities that exist in Waterford. This can then be used by all of us as a tool to attract future investment and educate key influencers,” Mr Hurley concluded.